A man was found guilty of stalking US Open tennis champion Emma Raducanu and given a five-year restraining order on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Amrit Magar was also sentenced to an 18-month community service order that will include 200 hours of unpaid work. Additionally, he will be monitored by an electronic tag and under curfew for eight weeks.
On three separate occasions, Magar visited the 19-year-old Raducau’s home, loitering outside and leaving unwanted gifts and cards. Stolen property was also reported in a trial heard last month. On one occasion, he decorated a tree on the property with Christmas lights. He would also leave things, like a bouquet of flowers with a personal note and a map that showed the 23 miles he had walked from his home.
He was arrested after a doorbell camera alerted Raducanu’s father to his presence. Magar was found guilty during a trial at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.
According to the trial, Magar told police officers that he liked Raducanu “because of her high-profile status after her victory in the US Open.”
Raducanu made history last year as the first qualifier to win the US Open. She was named the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for her accomplishments.
Under the restraining order, Magar is banned from contacting Raducanu or her parents, coming within a mile of their street or attending any of Raducanu’s practices or competitions.
Raducanu recently had to retire from the Gaudalajara Open with a hip injury.